Parting Glances

Parting Glances ★★★½

incredibly heartfelt and genuine, never feels contrived, even during its centerpiece going away party sequence. minor characters are barely introduced but each one feels true to life. this world feels lived in, and the people who occupy it feel real.

bill sherwood only directed one film before dying of aids related illness a few years after its release. it's a real shame, because i would love to see what more he had to offer. parting glances is such a playfully energetic debut from what should been a long career of intimate works. in an alternate universe, sherwood could have become a less pretentious todd haynes or gus van sant.

there are precious few documents of gay culture from this era, and that makes this one even more special.

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